|Aircraft Number 216|
|Manufacturer's Serial Number||100 -016|
|Production Variant Number||102|
|Maiden Flight||20th April 1979 : Filton, England|
|British Airways delivery||9th June 1980|
|Registration history:-||First Registered as G-BFKX on 27th January 1978 to British Aerospace|
||14th December 1979 aircraft re-registered as G-N94AF/ G-BOAF by British Aerospace|
||12th June 1980 aircraft re-registered as G-BOAF by British Airways|
||De-Registered - 4th May 2004|
|Final Flight||November 26th 2003 - LHR - FILTON (final ever flight of a Concorde)|
|Hours Flown||18,257 Hrs|
Retired from passenger service to Filton Airfiled, Bristol.
Instorage pending new museum being built.
Concorde 216 was purchased by BA as their 6th Concorde, although sold by British Aerospace for a token sum rumourded ot be £1000 + 10,000FF for the airframe and £100 + 1000FF for each engine).
BA then paid the full costs of over a Million pounds for their own Buyer Furnished equipment, such as radios, nav gear, galleys, seat etc.. On entry into service is was pretty much the same as the original 5 a/c.
On April 12th 1989, while flying from Christchurch to Sydney, G-BOAF was the first Concorde to suffer a rudder seperation failure where part of the upper rudder section was lost in flight. Over the next few years similar events occured on other aircraft leading to all BA and Air France Concordes being fitted with brand new upper and lower rudders at a cost of many millions of Pounds.
G-BOAF was the first aircraft to be fitted out with the present leather seats and refurbished interiors in May1993. This interior will soon be updated to an even newer design in time for the return to service.
This aircraft was also the first in the fleet to be painted into the new Britsh Airways 'Utopia' livery and wears the Union Flag scheme, which is offically called Chatham Historic Dockyard. This scheme was initially on intended to be used only on Concorde but will eventually be displayed on all BA tailfins. As 'Alpha-Foxtrot' was the first aircraft to use this livery it is this aircraft we see in ther majority of BA's publicity material and also the current air to air shots.
Concorde 216 was chosen by British Airways to be its lead aircraft in their Return to Flight programme and was the first to be fitted with the newly developed Kevlar-rubber fuel tank liners. Electrial wiring around the landing gear was also strengthened.
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|G-BOAF lines up for departure on runway 27R at Heathrow. April 24th 2002||
216 : G-BOAF takes off bound for JFK in July 2000.
Picture courtesy of Paul Robinson
|G-BOAF stars in one of the current BA Concorde PR shots||Seen here in the British Airways technical maintenace area at Heathrow, G-BOAF is about to be towed to Terminal4.|
|G-BOAF in an interesting livery. It is in the BA 'red tail' colours but without the cheat stripe.
Picture courtesy of 'BobP'
G-BOAF in the 1980's "British" variant of the British Airways livery 'flys-past' at the Farnborough Airshow in 1982.
Picture courtesy of John Kelly
216 : G-BOAF prepares to depart from New York on June 29th 2002
Picture courtesy of Andrew Dyke
The Cockpit G-BOAF during a flight shortly after the Air France accident 2 days earlier on July 25th .
Picture courtesy of Stephen O'Connell
|G-BOAF arrives into Heathrow on a late summers evening, June 29th 2002||
Concorde G-BOAF takes off from Heathrow on the first verification flight on July 17th 2001
Picture courtesy of Paul Dopson